Server Management Trends to bear in Mind

Server management is an ever-changing field continually adding new technology and security measures users have to get used to. All in all, the game of server management has changed somewhat significantly over the last five years. Here are some of the latest trends users should prepare for/ be aware of in the not too distant future.

Virtualisation Rules - The vast majority of organisations will sooner or later completely adopt virtualisation of some type or another. Fairly easy to adopt in a technical sense, virtualisation saves space, time, energy and money.

Power Saving is an Essential - According to many, if not most, scientists around the world, humanity's energy consumption is way too high for the planet to handle for much longer. Even those selfish enough not to be concerned about their carbon footprint can not deny that saving power will invariably save them money. In some regions, it is already necessary to save power in order to comply with relevant government regulations - hopefully, others will soon follow suit.

Smart Data Centres Save - So what exactly is it smart data centres save? An organised, well managed data centre can save time, man-power and subsequently money. Data centres with clever PDUs (power distribution units) on their server racks, for instance, will waste less energy - and funds - by only sending servers power as and when they need it.

The Need to go Modular - Today's data centres simply have to be modular. Whenever expansion becomes necessary, it should be possible to simply pop in an additional server (even if this happens to be a virtual one). This should not require any notable effort or major power distribution reconfigurations.

Security is Vital - Whatever else happens, high quality security is of the essence for all types of server. With cyber criminals continually on the look-out for innovative new ways of hacking into other people's servers - if for no other reason than to get into other servers still - it is of utmost importance to have the latest security technology/ software installed.

A good example of protective server software is Fail2ban, which basically scans system log files and bans IP addresses that appear to present a risk - such as addresses with multiple failed log-ins, or addresses scanning servers for vulnerabilities, for example.

This should, by the way, not just include preventative measures, but also software that will detect malware that may already have infiltrated a server. For Linux servers, for example, Linux Malware Detect is an excellent tool that uses a type of network edge intrusion system of detection to scan for and find malware on servers.

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